Is Online Right For You?

The following brief assessment should give you an idea of whether or not you are ready to succeed in online courses. Choose the most accurate response and click the Online Ready? button to get your immediate feedback.

Autonomy and Motivation Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
I am good at setting goals and deadlines for myself.
I have a good reason for taking online courses.
I finish the projects I start.
I do not quit just because things get difficult.
I can keep myself on track and on time.
Learning Preferences Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
I learn easily.
I can learn from things I hear, like lectures, audio recordings, or podcasts.
I learn best when I figure things out for myself.
I like to learn equally well in a group or on my own.
I am willing to send e-mail to or have discussions with people I might never see.
Study Habits Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
I usually study in a place where I can read and work on assignments without distractions.
I can ignore distractions around me when I study.
I am willing to spend 10-20 hours each week on an online course.
I keep a record of what my assignments are and when they are due.
I am willing to use e-mail and other online tools to ask my classmates and instructors questions.
Technology Skills Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
I am good at using the computer.
I am comfortable surfing the Internet.
I am comfortable conducting searches, setting bookmarks, and downloading files.
I am comfortable installing software and changing configuration settings on my computer.
I know someone who can help me if I have computer problems.
Computer Accessibility and Capabilities Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
My computer runs reliably on Windows XP/Vista/7 or on Mac OS 10.4 or higher.
I have a printer.
I am connected to the Internet with a fast, reliable connection such as DSL or cable modem.
I have virus protection software running on my computer.
My browser will play several common multimedia (video and audio) formats.

After responding to all of the statements, click the Online Ready? button. Your results will display below.


(Adapted from the Online Readiness Questionnaire by Penn State University and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.)

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